The ghats at Nasik with a temple in the river
Artist: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)
Water-colour by William Robert Houghton of the ghats at Nasik with a temple in the river, dated circa 1878. Inscribed on back in pencil: 'Nassick.'
As one of the holy cities of Hinduism, Nasik is believed to be one of the places where Rama spent his exile with Sita and Lakshmana. The town lies on both sides of the Godavari river, considered to be sacred and lined with many temples, shrines and bathing ghats. Every twelve years pilgrims come from all over India in occasion of the Kumbha Mela to purify themselves by bathing in the holy waters. Most of the temples at the site date from the eighteenth century Maratha period; some show the influence of Muslim architecture in the use of dome-like roofs, while others have more traditional curved spires or 'shikaras'.